Where to Eat in London
London’s new restaurants are serving everything from upscale French fare to hip Peruvian cuisine.
London’s booming restaurant scene is more vibrant, exciting and delicious than ever. Here are five newcomers that are especially noteworthy.
4-6 Russell Street
Why go: Renowned restaurateur Keith McNally brings his venerable French brasserie and boulangerie and New York institution back to London, his birthplace, and the neighbourhood of Covent Garden.
The vibe: This outpost is outfitted with red leather banquettes, mirrored walls and brass rails for a warm, welcoming feel—much like its sister restaurant, whose décor is nearly identical.
Eat this: The fruits de mer are faultless, but it’s the meaty classics like tartare, steak frites, and C and C boeuf for two that really shine.
Drink that: Grab a big-ticket bottle of wine to match your big-flavoured meal with selections from Krug, Pig-ti, Haut-Brion and more.
397-400 Geffrye Street
Why go: You can get a little bit of everything under one roof, or in this case, under three renovated railway arches: restaurant, bar and coffee shop.
The vibe: Blackened steel, wood floors made of reclaimed railway sleepers, and clean brickwork lend a casually cool feel to the space.
Eat this: Many items are fired up on a wood grill, which imparts a subtly smoky flavour and visually appealing char. Standouts include the chicken wings with romesco sauce and wild sea bass with samphire and cucumber.
Drink that: The signature hangover cocktails carry you through those mornings that follow late nights. One clever concoction is Unbeeten: ginseng liquor, beet and apple juice, and a special seasoning mix.
Why go: Peruvian cuisine, the latest food craze in London, goes haute at this contemporary Latin American restaurant, which happens to be a short stroll from Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane.
The vibe: The swanky dining area, in a grand Georgian town house, is decked out in an Inca-influenced palette with metallic accents.
Eat this: If you’re in the mood for something light but packed with flavour, look no further than the ceviches. The sea bass and salmon are especially bright, citrusy and fresh.
Drink that: There’s a fully stocked pisco bar, where the spirit is housed in traditional botija mud containers. The Pisco Sour is a must.
48 Newman Street
Why go: Because it’s much more than just a place to grab a pint. The menu, comprising British classics with a modern and seasonal twist, breathes new life into standard pub grub.
The vibe: Accented with dark wood, spruce green walls and nautically themed artwork, the handsome split-level restaurant makes a terrific casual meeting place.
Eat this: Don’t miss out on the small seafood starters such as creamy brown crab on house-made bread and the cognac-kissed crab bisque. Better yet, order several to make a complete meal.
Drink that: It makes good sense to wash all this down with a refreshing pint, so it’s a good thing local favourite Crate Brewery is on tap.
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street
Why go: It’s one of the hottest tables in town, and the newest restaurant by the boys of the highly acclaimed restaurant Upstairs at the Ten Bells.
The vibe: Packed, lively and fun. The two-room ground-level space in historic Shoreditch Town Hall is divided into a dining area and a more casual bar area.
Eat this: This is no ordinary fried chicken. Boneless, buttermilk-marinated chunks of meat are flash-fried, doused with a pine-infused salt, and tucked into a basket of fresh pine needles and pine cones.
Drink that: For a refreshing spin on a classic cocktail, sip the Oaxacan Old Fashioned. It’s a blend of tequila, mescal, agave syrup and orange rind.